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Permits and Approvals

A permit is required for projects such as new construction, additions, remodeling or repairs to electrical, mechanical and plumbing systems. For your convenience, this page contains a list of the most commonly used permits. Please visit the Forms and Publications page to obtain a complete listing of all building forms, information bulletins and other helpful resources. DSD Information Bulletins and Forms are in the process of being updated as needed to reflect instructions for digital submittal processes.

All new permit applications must now be submitted electronically in Open DSD. Construction changes to projects that were issued prior to May 4, 2020 must also be submitted electronically. Only resubmittals for permit applications submitted in paper form prior to July 1, 2020 will continue to be processed in paper form.



Building Permit

This permit ensures that construction projects comply with local, state and federal standards for land use, zoning and construction, and verify compliance with the minimum standards that help safeguard life or limb, public health, property and welfare. Deferred Submittals and Demolition Permit requests should also be submitted in this location.

Apply Now for a Building Permit

Apply Now for a Building Permit


Construction Change to Building Permit

Apply to submit changes to approved Building, Combination, Fire, Plumbing, Mechanical and Electrical permits. For projects that were issued originally in a paper version, a scanned set of the approved drawings will be required to be uploaded for the reviewers.

Apply Now for a Construction Change to Building Permit

Apply Now for a Construction Change to Building Permit


Discretionary Permit

This permit is required when a project may have impacts on the surrounding area due to a proposed use, design feature or project location. Substantial Conformance Review and Amendment requests for existing discretionary permits, all Preliminary Review requests, and development and policy approval requests described in Information Bulletin 503 should be submitted in this location.

Apply Now for a Discretionary Permit

Apply Now for a Discretionary Permit


Electrical Permit

This permit is required for the installation, alteration, addition or replacement of electrical wiring, devices, appliances or equipment, and to comply with the minimum standards necessary to safeguard life or limb, public health, property and welfare.

Apply Now for an Electrical Permit

Apply Now for an Electrical Permit

Are you applying for a simple no-plan Electrical Permit for a minor installation? This includes:

  • Meter reset/re-connections
  • Adding circuits
  • Miscellaneous wirings, such as relocation of electrical outlets, or re-wiring
  • Temporary power poles for construction sites
  • Electric vehicle charging stations for a private garages

To learn more about Simple Permits, see Information Bulletin 103.



Fire Permit

This permit is required for the installation of fire suppression systems, fire alarm system, or component of such systems, and to comply with the minimum standards necessary to safeguard public health, safety and welfare.

Apply Now for a Fire Permit

Apply Now for a Fire Permit


Grading Permit

This permit is required when a project will change the topography of a property when conducting certain excavations or filling-in of an area. Construction changes to an existing Grading Permit, Site Reconnaissance and Testing applications, and As-Graded Soils Reports should also be submitted in this location.

Apply Now for a Grading Permit

Apply Now for a Grading Permit


Mapping Action Approvals

This approval is required by State law and City Ordinance that the City Land Surveyor review and approve survey documents related to development projects to determine its conformity to law (such as zoning), its satisfaction of a development condition of approval, and its technical adequacy.

Apply Now for Mapping Action Approvals

Apply Now for Mapping Action Approvals


Mechanical Permit

This permit is required for the installation, alteration, replacement or repair of addition or replacement of heating, ventilating, air conditioning, or refrigeration system, and to comply with the minimum standards necessary to safeguard life or limb, public health, property and welfare.

Apply Now for an Electrical Permit

Apply Now for an Electrical Permit

Are you applying for a simple no-plan Mechanical Permit for a minor installation? This includes:

  • Installations of a forced air units (FAU) or air conditioner units (A/C)
  • Installations of exhaust fans
  • Replacement of furnaces

To learn more about Simple Permits, see Information Bulletin 103.



Plumbing Permit

This permit is required for the alteration, addition or replacement of a plumbing system or portion of a plumbing system within or on any structure or premises and to comply with the minimum standards necessary to safeguard public health, safety, and welfare.

Apply Now for an Electrical Permit

Apply Now for an Electrical Permit

Are you applying for a simple no-plan Plumbing Permit for a minor installation? This includes:

  • Water heater replacements, except tankless types
  • Water or sewer piping repairs
  • Gas line repairs
  • Repair or replacement of drains
  • Water softener installations
  • Pressure Reducing Valves (PRV) for domestic service

To learn more about Simple Permits, see Information Bulletin 103.



Residential Rooftop-Mounted Solar Photovoltaic (PV) Permit

This permit is required to install a solar photovoltaics system on a rooftop of a residential building.

Apply Now for a Solar Photovoltaic (PV) Permit

Apply Now for a Solar Photovoltaic (PV) Permit


Right-of-Way Permit

This permit is required for any new construction or aboveground or underground improvements in the public right-of-way, including utilities such as water, sewer, gas and electric lines. The public right-of-way is located outside the boundaries of the private property lines. This permit is also required for encroachments into any public or private utility easement.

Apply Now for a Right of Way Permit

Apply Now for a Right of Way Permit

Is the requested Right of Way Permit associated with a Building Permit?


Is the requested Right of Way Permit a condition of an associated Discretionary Permit?


Is the requested Right of Way Permit for one of the following improvements?

  • Existing curb or curb & gutter repair/replace
  • Existing Sidewalk repair/replace
  • Existing Driveway remove/replace
  • Minor Encroachments for single family residences such as sidewalk underdrain, fences and walls less than 3 feet in height
  • Sewer lateral/Water service/Gas and Electric services
  • Test Boring
  • Sidewalk Café – Tables and Chairs ONLY


Sign Permit

This permit is required for the installation or alteration of signs.

Apply Now for a Sign Permit

Apply Now for a Sign Permit


Temporary Outdoor Business Operation Permit

This permit allows for the temporary use of a street, sidewalk, or parking lane for business. Most operations conducted within private properties - including privately-owned parking lots - are NOT required to obtain this permit.

Apply Now for a Temporary Outdoor Business Operation Permit

Apply Now for a Temporary Outdoor Business Operation Permit


Traffic Control Permit

This permit is required for all public improvement projects, construction projects, and other work which encroaches into the public right-of-way including the sidewalk area.

Apply Now for a Traffic Control Permit

Apply Now for a Traffic Control Permit

Is your project related to one of the following permits?

  • News Rack Permit
  • Residential Rooftop-Mounted Solar Photovoltaic (PV) Permit
  • Simple Permit -MEP Permit (No-plan Mechanical, Electrical and Plumbing permits)
  • Traffic Control Permit
  • Transportation Permit

Yes

When was the permit submitted?

  • After Jan. 15, 2018 for Residential Rooftop-Mounted Solar Photovoltaic (PV), Traffic Control, or Transportation?
  • After April 30, 2018 for Simple Permit – MEP (no-plan Mechanical, Electrical and Plumbing)?

No

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